Poble Espanyol is a unique town constructed from the re-creation to scale of 117 buildings from various regions of Spain. A peaceful and pleasant walk will show you the Peninsula’s variety of architectural heritage: from an Andalusian neighbourhood to Catalan Romanesque monastic architecture.
Discover the diversity of Spanish architecture at a stroll.
Poble Espanyol was built in 1929 for the Barcelona International Exhibition, as a pavilion devoted to art. 49,000 m2 conceived as an authentic "town" in the heart of the city, with the purpose of enjoying a representative synthesis of Spanish architecture through reproductions of real buildings to be found all over the Peninsula, as well as streets, squares and other spots.
The selection of 117 buildings from all over Spain reproduced to scale meets the objective of creating an overall, harmonious composition so that the visitor can discover the country’s architectural diversity, not the most typical buildings of each region.
The idea was promoted by the architect Puig i Cadafalch and brought to life by Francesc Folguera and Ramon Reventós, also architects, with the participation of the art critic Miquel Utrillo and the painter Xavier Nogués.
Down the years, some of the buildings in Poble Espanyol have survived the originals and in some cases, have been used as models for restoring the “mother” building.
Some of the buildings you’ll discover...
These are some buildings from different regions you can find reproduced and well preserved in Poble Espanyol.